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The President’s Home and Church at Bessastadir

the official residence of the President of Iceland
The President’s Residence, Bessastadir, Iceland

In Iceland, 13km from the center of Reykjavik is the official house of the president. Bessastadir has been the home of the Icelandic president since 1941. But, the written records of Bessastadir date back to the 13th century. Before this piece of land housed Iceland’s president, it had been home to some of the first settlers in Iceland. Later in the 14th century, Iceland was under the rule of Norway. This piece of land was taken by the King. It’s used by the highest-ranking Norwegian official in Iceland. Norway did not rule Iceland forever, and in 1761 the main building was built.

Today, the main building is where the president of Iceland resides. The church next to it was consecrated in 1796. Still, before this property was home to the president, it was a school until 1867. After, it became the home of a famous poet instead. By the 1940s, when Iceland became the Independent Republic, the property had been donated to the state. the purpose of it becoming the President of Iceland’s home.

How To Visit Bessastadir

Today, this prominent building consists of a reception room, service wing, the President’s residence, a caretaker’s apartment, the Bessastadir Church, and a garage. The president’s residence is open for tourists to visit and explore when they visit Iceland. If you are looking to explore the rich history of Iceland on your trip, visit Bessastadir. You can find these tours here.

Stay near Bessastadir

If you are looking to visit Bessastadir on your trip to Iceland and still need housing accommodations, BlueHouse Bed, and Breakfast can be your solution. BlueHouse B&B has many houses and rooms available to rent during your stay in Iceland. The houses are located just a five-minute walk from Reykjavik. It is easily possible to reach Bessastadir from the BlueHouse B&B homes.

Each of the homes is filled with traditional Icelandic charm. You will find that by staying with us, you could not have a more comfortable stay in these cozy homes. There is more to love besides how at peace you will feel staying at BlueHouse B&B.

You will also enjoy an easy self-check-in process and completely affordable prices. Our staff is always available during your stay to answer any questions you might have about Iceland or provide you with any recommendations on what to do during your stay. BlueHouse B&B consists of people passionate about travel and Iceland, and we look forward to hosting like-minded people.

Book with BlueHouse Bed and Breakfast today and enjoy an unforgettable stay.

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